ELDER PATRIOT – Arizona State Senator John Kavanagh has proposed legislation requiring anyone using a camera, camcorder or telephone to record the actions of police to be at least 20 feet away or even father away if that’s what the police order.
Even inside of your own home you would be required to be in another room unless the police officer objects to that as well.
Mr. Kavanagh’s reasoning fails the smell test. “I’ll never forget how I was distracted by someone being behind me while I was making an arrest. He could have pulled out a gun just as easily and shot me. And now you have people everywhere with these video cameras in their phones who are walking up behind cops when they are making an arrest,” he concluded.
Sorry, but that logic falls short unless he’s worried about being shot by a cell phone. If someone with a gun wanted to shoot him I doubt a law requiring him to stand twenty feet away would’ve stopped him. This is nothing more than political doublespeak from the Republican state senator.
The fact is that many recent videos clearly show police misconduct that have unnecessarily caused injury or even death and the police simply don’t appreciate being held to the same standard of conduct that the rest of society must adhere to.
Either the senator knows this and is currying political favor with the police unions at the public’s expense or he’s too stupid to realize the fallacy of his reasoning. Either way he needs to be removed from office by the voters.
As our personal liberties are being eroded by virtually unlimited surveillance of our personal effects in absolute violation of our Fourth Amendment protections, and too many of our police are increasingly using Gestapo tactics, we’re being told “if you do nothing wrong you have nothing to worry about.” May I be so bold as to suggest that if legislators and the police demand the right to ignore the Fourth Amendment then they should be content knowing “if they do nothing wrong they have nothing to worry about,” as well?
Many sheriffs around the country are telling gun owners with carry permits that it is not only their right to carry but it is also their obligation to carry. Similarly, it is your obligation to record rogue police behavior so that we may ferret them out of the force when justified.
Using today’s cellular technology we are all members of the alternative media if and when we are called upon to be. The First Amendment protections we enjoy on these occasions are absolute:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
If our vigilance doesn’t increase proportionately to the powers of our law enforcement agencies we will soon find ourselves with only the freedoms the State grants us.